ADEN, Yemen, Yemen's Vice President, Major General Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar, survived a mortar attack that targeted his convoy, in the country's northern province of Marib on Wednesday. Military official based in Aden, said, mortar shell attack, targeted the vice president's convoy, while he was heading with other military commanders, to inspect pro-government army bases in Marib province.

The attack was launched by the Houthis and resulted in the killing of Brigadier Gen. Mohamed Saleh Ahmar, the vice president's son-in-law, who was also working as the military attache of Yemen's embassy in Bahrain.

"Houthis deliberately wanted to assassinate the vice president, by targeting him with shells, but the attack failed and only an army commander was killed, and some bodyguards were seriously injured," the source said.

Several local media outlets revealed reports that an explosion struck the convoy of the vice president, after he finished holding a meeting with military commanders, about the ongoing anti-Houthi operations in the country.

Meanwhile, the Iranian-backed Houthis claimed responsibility for launching the attack, saying they killed a prominent military commander of the Saudi-backed Yemeni government in Marib.

A statement revealed by Masirah TV said, the pro-Houthi air forces targeted the refinery of Aramco company, in Riyadh, with a new long-range drone "Samad 2" for the first time. Aramco said, a limited blaze erupted in the early evening, in its refinery in Riyadh, saying that, the Saudi civil defence teams managed to contain the fire.

The Saudi Arabia-led coalition fighting the Houthis in Yemen, repeatedly asserted that sophisticated weaponry technology, such as drones and long-range ballistic missiles, come from Iran, through the Houthi-controlled port of Hodeidah on the Red Sea coast.

Local observers said, the latest Houthi attacks that targeted Yemen's vice president convoy and oil facilities in Saudi Arabia, may undermine the upcoming negotiations over Hodeidah.

In Hodeidah, the Houthis launched a wide-scale military attack, on Wednesday, against government-controlled areas in the province, sparking fierce armed confrontations between the two-warring sides.